The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the results from its July 4 crackdown on DWI and traffic tickets, and as usual it resulted in a blizzard of paper.
DPS troopers made more than 1,200 DWI arrests in a nine-day special enforcement period surrounding the holiday, when stepped-up patrols were on the roads looking for violators.
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The agency says 361 of the 1,262 DWI arrests during the July 4 enforcement effort "were a direct result of the increased patrols," with the others just coming as some lagniappe off the drunken patriotic-party tree.
"DWI enforcement by our State Troopers made Texas roads safer and undoubtedly saved lives during this year's July 4 holiday," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "We are grateful for the men and women of our Texas Highway Patrol who work every day to keep our communities safe."
DPS patrolled areas where historically the highest number of alcohol-related crashes have occurred on holidays. Of course, they didn't just settle for DWI -- the crackdown also included "nearly 13,700 speeding citations, more than 2,200 seat belt/child safety seat citations, 695 fugitive arrests and 499 felony arrests during this time period," DPS said.